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Food and Faith

Rituals of Food – The Christmas Edition

Part of what makes a holiday a holiday is the food. If its the Fourth of July, there should be hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. Valentine’s day involves chocolate. Halloween involves candy as a whole and even Flag…

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not yellow snow

Don’t eat the yellow snow. But this is not YS. So you can eat it! But you might choose one of the natural crystals, rather than the artificial snow on the right. Don’t know a stellar dendrite from a cupped column snowflake? Help for you is a click away compliments of Caltech.

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not trashing cargill

Since we highlighted how Cargill was influencing prices on the world market a couple weeks ago, I thought I’d balance things a bit with a reference to this article about Cargill China’s corporate excellence. It is from the US State Department, so we can assume it is an unbiased, non-political assessment. Right?

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good bye (for now)

I’m escaping from the current, overtly worldly stuff – like Zimbabwe, the war in Congo, the food and climate crises, the hub bub of another consumerized Christmas to recharge my spiritual batteries and see if I can lose my self to find Self. At least a bit, I hope. I’ll be silently celebrating advent in a one-room shack alongside a big pond, little lake. In the rain, it seems. And hopefully the beaver is still around. I’m taking along some food and some paper. Specifically, * a pad to draw on * a writing journal * 3 main books: Rudolf Steiner’s How to Know Higher Worlds and Love & Its Meaning in the World, and Buhner’s The Secret Teachings of Plants * 3 other books that I may or may not touch: Tolle’s A New Earth, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying and Andrew Harvey’s Light Upon Light: Inspirations from Rumi * and a paddle to use with the beat up aluminum canoe Oh, and maybe some binoculars. A fry pan and a pot to use on the electric burner.

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looming silent giant

Our Hungry Planet: Cargill looms as a silent giant Veiled in secrecy, the Minnetonka-based conglomerate — with $120 billion in annual revenues — holds much sway over world food costs. The first segment starts out with a teaser video about palm oil, used in food and other products. So segment I complements the materials for this month’s fast on the Global Food Crisis.

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animal vegetable miracle recipes

December may be a perfect time to find a new recipe. Camille Kingsolver, daughter of Barbara, has generously offered these earth-friendly (e.g. seasonal, local, sustainably produced), healthy recipes for you and me. The Spinach Lasagna looked great, but the Asparagus Morel Bread Pudding sounds the best. The morels may be hard to find, but you may be able to find dried morels and soak them in water to revive them. Shiitake might work as well. But choose your own!

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The Power of Ritual

Last year I cooked what I then declared would be my last turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner. Not that I have anything in particular against turkey in general, I don’t. I kinda like turkey meat, especially cold with cheddar cheese in…

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Food Security…and Land Rights

An article sent to me by a friend working on the Food Crisis Task Force at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The article points out that private companies and agribusiness are taking land away from…

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